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Why should you use open source for your next project? Klaatu tells all!

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Free Software Foundation

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Listener feedback.

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Parallel video tutorials

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Klaatu installs NetBSD on a Raspberry Pi rev 1. Klaatu attempts to kill its FFS file system LIVE ON AIR. Long story short: you should go install NetBSD on a Pi.

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Raspberry Pi page on
Journaling Versus Soft Updates: Asynchronous Meta-data Protection in File Systems

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Learn how to use Slackware tag files to customize a Slackware install, plus the secret of how to perform a Slackware install in less than half a gigabyte.

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Outdated but useful: minimal Slackware install

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Exploration of the Slackware install set continues with inotify, some install scripts, ISA plug-and-play, jfsutils, kbd, kernel packages, with a few detours into the world of gzip redirection, some stuff about grep, and a howto on compiling the Linux kernel.

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Slackware package list

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Klaatu gushes over Porteus, the portable Slackware distribution.

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Live Slackware from Alien Bob

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Klaatu tries pkgsrc on Slackware, and you won't believe what happens next. But to sum it up: it's super easy to implement, easy to use, and pretty nifty.

To get pkgsrc on your Linux OS:


  $ wget

Extract it to /usr:

  # su -
  # tar --extract --verbose --file pkgsrc.tar.gz -C /usr

Bootstrap pkgsrc:

  # cd /usr/pkgsrc/
  # ./bootstrap

Adjust paths:

  # echo "PATH=$PATH:/usr/pkg/bin:/usr/pkg/sbin" >> ~/.bashrc
  # echo "export $PATH" >> ~/.bashrc  
  # echo "MANPATH=$MANPATH:/usr/pkg/man" >> ~/.bashrc
  # echo "export $MANPATH" >> ~/.bashrc

Build something:

  # cd /usr/pkgsrc/foo/bar
  # make install
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A bunch of listener feedback. Hear about old time sci fi internet shows, runtimes, and much much more, not the least of which is an open source audio converter powered by LibreOffice spreadsheet.

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Claybourne, a Kiwi SF radio drama from the 90s
GNU docs on CHM, worth reading for the dedication alone
Sheety Audio Converter by Doru
Resolving HDR with spreadsheets by Kevin Chen

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We hope you find this episode useful.

Here are Ken Fallon's shownotes:

A good alternative to ls:

find -ls

Find this, and then do that:

find -type f -iname "*txt" -exec grep cows {} \;

Identify symlinks when I need to redirect stuff from one data store to another:

find -type l

Useful for listing just directories, and getting around the annoying habit of ls *, which returns the files in sub dirs.

find -maxdepth 1 -type d

The prune option can exclude results:

find . -iname "*.wav" -type f -o -prune "./foo"

Identify empty files:

$ find -empty

$ find -empty | xargs --max-args 1 trashy

As a cron job to remove old log files

0 23 * * * find /var/log -iname "~*" -o -iname "*log*" -mtime +30 -exec
trashy {} \; > /tmp/removing-old-logs.txt 2>&1

The mtime option allows you to limit a search to files older than, but also files newer than, some value * 24. It's great for when you bring up a new service that's logging something but you don't know where.

For bash scripts, I use this format a lot:

for foo in $( find /var/tmp/ -type f -name "");do echo $foo;done

or like this

find /var/tmp/ -type f -name "" | while read foo;do echo $foo;done

It's amazing how often I run this

find -type f -iname "*.something" -exec ls --full-time {} \;

or this

find -type f -iname "*.something" -exec grep something {} \;

Usually I throw in the -maxdepth option to limit the search depth.

Use the ipath or iwholepath to scrub a path for a string.

find -ipath "*something*"

Then there's this type of construct for tools like ffmpeg and xmlstarlet that don't love wildcards from for loops.

find -type f -iname "*.xml"| while read i;do xmlstarlet sel -T -t -m
'rss/channel/item/enclosure' -v '@url' -n "${i}";done

Then there's the awkward way it handles multiple options:

find \( -ipath "*foo*" -o -ipath "*bar*" \) -exec rm -v {} \;

Note: locate and updatedb use find in the background.

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GNU findutils
GNU findutils user manual

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Klaatu, whilst stranded in a hotel somewhere in middle America after a delayed flight, reviews his new InkBook Classic 2 ebook reader, which has replaced his broken Kobo n905.

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Android open source

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Klaatu expounds upon xargs and talks GNU parallel. Also, a bit about the concept of runtimes.

Here is a recent real-world benchmark comparing parallel to xargs:

$ time find . -type f -name "*.wav" | xargs -I% --max-args 1 sox % %.flac

real    1m5.364s                                                                        
user    1m3.907s                                                                      
sys     0m1.424s

$ time find . -type f -name "*.wav" | parallel -I% --max-args 1 sox % %.flac

real    0m22.743s
user    1m21.780s
sys     0m1.400s

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GNU Parallel
Dark oCCult build script using GNU parallel

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All about the GNU xargs command.

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GNU findutils

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A bonus episode this week. Klaatu talks about getty, agetty, inittab, gawk, and more.

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History of BeOS
Haiku is an open source BeOS

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Klaatu talks about BeOS, Haiku, elvis, e2label, mlabel, and much more. Either next week or the week after, let's do an episode on find. Send Klaatu your cool find hacks!

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History of BeOS
Haiku is an open source BeOS

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Klaatu introduces his podwrite tool, his custom toolkit for publishing this show and his Chronicles & Commons show.

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Podwrite on Gitlab
Podwrite documentation
The excellent Wordpress plugin, Podpress, is easier but harder to automate

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Klaatu continues his tour of the low level Linux filesystem, covering exciting commands like attr, the GNU coreutils, infocmp, and more.

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Linux from Scratch

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Linux user, know thyself. It's a new year and a new season, and the GNU World Order is now officially an Ogg Vorbis and Opus cast. Although there is no speex feed now, there is no need to update your feed. The old speex feeds are symlinked to the new Opus feed.

In this episode, Klaatu takes a look at all those little files that get installed when you install Linux, like libgmp, libglib, libgobject, libpanel, libusb, and many many more.

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Slackware package set a